Washington DC: Thompson and Homans, 1831. First Edition. Octavo (23cm). Publisher's plum cloth boards with printed paper title label to upper cover; pp -111, [1 (blank)]. A tight, sound copy in the original cloth. Slight external wear; color has faded from spine and board edges; text moderately and uniformly foxed; one leaf with a closed horizontal tear into margin, without loss. A Good or better copy overall. Faint pencil autograph to title label, "G Hill," by no means definitively in the author's hand; brief gift inscription in pencil to front pastedown.
Attractive copy of this uncommon first volume of verse by George Hill (1796-1871), born in Connecticut, graduated Yale in 1816, and spent most of his life in Washington in government service, including a brief stint as Librarian of the State Department and, later, U.S. Consul for the southern portion of Asia Minor. Expanded editions of the current work, comprised of poems on miscellaneous subjects (despite the title, only the title poem and two others are on classical themes) appeared in 1839 and 1870 under variant titles; Hill also published an anthology of British poets in 1867. At least one of Hill's compositions was anthologized by Stedman in his Library of American Literature (1891). SABIN 73989.